Political Sciences

Political science (political science) deals with the institutions of the state and society, with political systems, their effects on the economy and society, and international relations.

The field of study at a glance

Political science examines how political and social ideas are implemented organizationally and legally in the state, institutions and parties, but also in international relations. They deal with how interest groups exert influence and the forms in which political will is formed.

Important auxiliary and minor subjects include history, social sciences, constitutional law and economics. Knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, is essential, as is knowledge of data processing and statistics.

Course offered

The subjects in this area include not only political science, but also “international relations”, “political and social sciences” as well as specialized master’s courses in the areas of development policy and “peace and conflict research”.

Contents of the course

The bachelor's degree primarily includes subject-specific and method-oriented modules in sub-areas such as: political theory and history of ideas, political institutions and systems, domestic politics, international and European politics, political sociology and political social structure analysis, political education and didactics of politics, methods of empirical social research/statistics, economics and politics, constitutional law, administrative science.

Depending on the university, supplementary modules in subjects such as history, communication studies, philosophy, law, economics or sociology are sometimes offered in the master's program.

Career opportunities after graduation

The range of possible areas of application is large; Opportunities for work arise, for example:

• Federal and state ministries
• political parties and assisting members of parliament
• international organizations and in development cooperation
• Foundations and institutions for political education
• Adult education institutions
• Media companies
• Trade unions, business associations
• Management consultancies
• Libraries, archives, documentation centers
• Election and opinion research institutes.